In a milestone moment, the city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the land use applications for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts and new district public parking garage in February. The decision brings the city a step closer to our community vision for a dynamic center to meet the region’s diverse arts and culture needs.
“The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be Beaverton’s premier attraction and a city jewel,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It’s the centerpiece of a new, more vibrant downtown. We’re a lively and welcoming city, and we want more ways for our residents and visitors to experience Beaverton.”
A capital fundraising campaign for the project is underway. Currently, approximately $5.7 million remains to be raised of the total $46 million project budget.
“The center is an investment in the future,” explained General Manager Chris Ayzoukian. “It will be a destination for a variety of regional and national arts, culture and entertainment experiences closer to home. A place to be enjoyed by all and for generations to come.”
Groundbreaking for the project is currently anticipated for fall 2019, upon completion of fundraising goals and in coordination with construction of the district public parking garage. The seven-story garage with space for retail and restaurant use is funded separately by the Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA). It is estimated to cost $24 million and will be paid by a special revenue bond. Both projects are anticipated to be complete in spring 2021.
In addition, the city is excited to announce the selection of Muse Atelier as the lead artist team for the center. Muse Atelier is comprised of artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew—a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team based in Vancouver, B.C.
The lead artists were selected through a competitive process by a committee representing the project and the community. The committee narrowed a pool of more than 60 artists down to four finalists who were brought to Beaverton for interviews and presentations about their first impressions and thoughts about this project. Ultimately, the committee reached a unanimous recommendation and the decision was ratified by the Beaverton Arts Commission in March.
The duo has been working on international public projects together since 1997 and their practice is centered on the public realm, exploring the intersections of place, perception and culture.
“We’re honored to be selected as the lead artists for the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, and as fellow residents of the Pacific Northwest we feel a strong connection with Oregon,” said Muse Atelier. “This is such an elegant, gracious, inviting arts center. We’re excited by the openness and transparency between building, plaza and waterway – by the possibilities for movement and play between these various locations – physically, visually, metaphorically.”
The artists will begin work on an art framework for the site that will address both the permanent public artwork, as well as future opportunities for temporary artworks, activations and programming at both the center and along the Crescent Connection Trail.
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will be located in Beaverton Central near Rose Biggi Avenue and Crescent Street. It will include a 550-seat theater, art gallery, and spaces for rehearsals, workshops, meetings and events.